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Newsletter February 2021

February 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Lawrence School Families,


Thank you for taking the time to read our quarterly newsletter!  Improved communication with our families is an ongoing goal at Lawrence School.  With two full quarters to go in a school year like no other, I would like to remind everyone of our Week Ahead emails that go out on Friday afternoons.  If you, or someone you know is not receiving these messages, please call the school and one of our friendly and helpful secretaries will be happy to get anyone who has been missing these communications connected.  This weekly communication is your best resource for staying connected with important new and ongoing Lawrence School events and news items.   


I would also like to thank the many families who have made a connection with your child’s teachers, counselors or administrators here at Lawrence.  This school year particularly, your partnership in support of the students is extremely valuable.  At this critical age, our students face challenges everyday - socially, emotionally and academically.  But when we work together, this great group of kids can get the support they need!  


Lastly, I want to commend all of our students for doing their part in following the safety guidelines that the district has set.  The students continue to take them seriously by physically distancing, wearing their masks and hand washing or using the hand sanitizer that is provided throughout the school.  We thank you for your ongoing support and encouraging your children to stay with it.  Thanks for reading everyone!

 

Sincerely,

Tom Bushy, Principal

 

A Message from Assistant Principal Vieira,

It’s hard to believe we have completed half of the school year already! The close of the first semester offers a great opportunity to remind ourselves of academic supports and safety guidelines that are in place this year.  

We also use the Bulldog Time course in Schoology to publish information to students. This course is set up as our daily announcements page for school wide news, as well as a place where our counselors share social emotional learning lessons and our administrative team shares important reminders. For example, recently a short slideshow was posted to remind students of our safety guidelines this year and Mr. Bushy posted a video encouraging students to reach out for support if needed as we were nearing the end of a grading period. If your child does not have the Bulldog Time course showing in Schoology, please reach out to me and I will ensure they are properly registered. 

Our school schedule is developed so that on Tuesday’s and Friday’s student have a class period called Bulldog Time. This was created as an academic support measure for students to be able to connect with their teachers and get extra help on assignments they may be struggling with. You will find that many teachers host help sessions or office hours during this period via zoom. If your child is struggling, please reach out to the teacher and ask them to connect with your student. 

Finally, I want to send along a reminder of our dress code and handling personal electronic devices. We are requiring students to wear a collared shirt in any solid color with no logos and khaki style pants that can be tan, navy blue, black, hunter green, or grey in color. This year we are allowing students to wear hooded sweatshirts, however we are reminding students that they cannot wear their hood or hats in school. Also, personal technology devices such as cell phones and smart watches are required to be turned off and stored in student backpacks during the school day. If a student does not come to school dressed appropriately or is miss-using technology, a parent/guardian will be called and asked to deliver dress code appropriate attire and/or pick up your Student’s device. 

Students have shown great resilience this year navigating our unusual school year and as always we want to remind the students to Stay PAWSitive and we got this!


Sincerely,  

Rebecca Vieira - Vice Principal